Well, it’s more about how I choose my hydrating mist when I want to indulge myself and use something I didn’t make. My choice is not some kind of universal truth of course but the offer is so huge (I’m not complaining mind you) that I thought it could inspire you.
So, I offer to tell you what I look for in a hydrating mist and to share a few formulas I got a crush on.
HOW I USE A HYDRATING MIST
I spray the mist on my face right after cleansing and I pat my skin dry. Sometimes I spray and pat-pat again if my skin is dehydrated, then I seal the moisture with an oil. I don’t really need a toner to complete the cleansing (I have a cleanser for that) or to help my skin to adjust its pH, but I really need a hydration step in my routine and I need to help the products I apply next to penetrate better.
Is it essential? Well, the jury is still out on that one. As far as I’m concerned, I find it useful, incredibly pleasant and I find it essential to indulge myself. So there!
THE INGREDIENTS I LOOK FOR
Hydrosols are the foundation ingredients of natural toners and the possibilities are just endless! However, we’re now in summer and I want hydrosols that will help not only to freshen up but also to counterbalance any effect of the heat on my skin.
You know now that I’m a bit of an Ayurveda maniac, so it won’t be a surprise that I choose plants with a cooling energy to soothe and balance Pitta. To name a few:
- Rose – astringent and toning, it helps to soothe redness.
- Jasmine – toning and revitalizing.
- Chamomile – revitalizing, purifying and soothing.
- Peppermint – astringent, purifying and refreshing.
- Lavender – astringent, purifying and soothing for irritated skins and sunburn.
- Neroli – regenerating, soothing, and refreshing.
- Frankincense – purifying, refreshing, firming and revitalizing.
Their job is to attract and trap moisture into the epidermis. You may find:
- aloé vera
- hyaluronic acid
- sodium lactate
- lactic acid
> OTHER ACTIVES
I tend to look for soothing, antioxidant and/or purifying actives for my combination skin, but I want to say: “surprise me!”
I’m a bit obsessive, I’m afraid. I usually scourge the internet, virtually rummaging through virtual shelves and actually scrutinizing every INCI to find a precious. I spare you my first looong list but I’ll share the Pinterest board where I curated a still quite extensive selection. If you’re curious about it (and a bit obsessive too), that is.
The second filtering leaves us with 5 mists.
1. BOHEMIAN RUBY BALANCING TONING MIST – LEAHLANI SKINCARE
INCI – Aloe Vera Water, *Matricaria recutita (chamomille) distillate, *Rosa damascena (rose) distillate, *Calendula oficinalis (calendula) distillate, *Lippia citriodora (lemon verbena) distillate, *Pelargonium graveolens (geranium) distillate, Witch Hazel (hamamelis) Distillate, Leuconos- toc Ferment Filtrate, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Distillate, Matricaria Chamomilla (chamomille) Oil, *Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Saccharomyces/Sea Silt Ferment (Hawaiian), Rosa Sinensis (hibiscus) Fruit, Rose Quartz Gemstone
Oooh, this one made my heart beat faster! First, I like the Hawaïan vibe – it’s a perfect fit for summer, right?! Then I like the beautiful hydrosols synergy – perfect for summer too. Rose, chamomile and lavender are completed with geranium for radiance and calendula, which properties are wonderful for a sun-exposed skin. The soothing action is supported by the lavender and chamomile essential oils and there is also hibiscus, a great cooling ingredient and an antioxidant, soothing, illuminating agent. I haven’t smelled it (yet) but the INCI sounds like a great scent creation with a lemony touch on a floral composition. Finally, the mineral, spa touch is provided by the Hawaïan Sea Silt Ferment (that I discover) and the rose quartz, the heart stone. A love note from the formulator. Even the humectant is not missing – aloe vera is in the first position. It’s a formulation to make people dream but it didn’t forget to be accomplished. We may have the budget or we may not but it’s worth its price, in my opinion.
2. Rose Hydrating Toner with Hyaluronic Acid + Rooibos – APOTERRA SKINCARE
INCI – distillates of Rosa damascena (rose)*, Pelargonium spp. (géranium)*, Cistus Ladaniferus (rock rose)* and Boswellia carterii (frankincense)*∆. Aspalathus linearis (rooibos) leaf* and Water (Aqua)*, Aloe barbadensis leaf* (aloe vera), Sodium hyaluronic acid, niacinamide (vitamin B3), Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate *certified organic ∆wildcrafted
A side note before tempting and frustrating you: we can’t find it in Europe. I’m still talking about it because it’s my crush and because I know that it won’t stop many of you.
There are a lot fewer ingredients in this formulation but that doesn’t mean that it’s not accomplished too. On the contrary. The brand doesn’t transport us to Hawaï but it feels like a herbalist garden and I like the simple efficiency it gives off. That’s how you choose a product too: we’re sometimes as much (if not more) seduced by a vision, a story, an atmosphere. Here we find the rose and the geranium with the frankincense and the smoothing rock rose, as well as our good old aloe vera. The rooibos infusion is such a nice antioxidant touch that it makes me want to rub my hands with glee. The hyaluronic acid is a good asset albeit not an easy one to use in a mist. And what do I see at the end of the list?! Niacinamide! It supports the barrier function of the skin and moisturization, it soothes redness, it’s reputed to reduce the appearance of pores, fine lines and wrinkles, it’s antioxidant, it makes coffee. What’s not there to like?! Crush! ♥
3. ROSE MIST – SKIN & TONIC
INCI – Rose centifolia (rose) flower water *, Glycerin **, Leuconostoc/Radish root ferment filtrate, Aloe barbadensis (aloe) leaf juice powder *
100 ML – £20 – here
1 hydrosol, 2 humectants. No frilly stuff, only a good, minimalist formulation. Simple, efficient, straightforward.
4. CLARIFYING TONER – HEVEA
INCI – Rosa Damascena Distillate* (rose), Citrus Aurantium Amara Water* (petit grain bigaradier), Aloe Vera Leaf Juice and Alcohol*, Dehydroacetic Acid and Benzyl alcohol*, Aroma (natural), Citrus Aurantium Amara Oil* (neroli), Linalool**, Limonene**, Geraniol**.
Rose and neroli: I bet it smells divine! Aloe vera for hydration. Simple and sharp.
5. Re : Fresh – PLANT Apothecary
INCI – Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice,* Hamamelis Virginiana (hamamelis) Distillate, * Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Distillate,* Rosa Damascena (Rose) Distillate, * Glycerin (Vegetable),* Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Leuconostoc Ferment Filtrate, Cymbopogon Schoenathus (Lemongrass) Oil.*
I almost missed it! There’s aloe vera and rose as usual, but also cucumber with sebum-regulation properties, glycerine and hamamelis to deal with redness. It must smell lemony thanks to the lemongrass essential oil. It sounds like a breath of fresh air to me and it has the youthful and dynamic look to go with it. Fresh and stylish!
I put aside all the toners that were not a mist. It’s not that I don’t like them but I’d rather keep them for fall and winter.
I also put aside all the INCIs with water (except the infusion). It’s a formulation choice I have no strong, judgemental opinion about, but it’s simply not my choice.
Although there’s absolutely nothing wrong with it, I can’t picture myself spending more than 50€ (and it’s already a stretch) in a mist, so I eliminated everything beyond this price point.
I hope you’ll find the mist of your dreams!
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